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  1. Thanks for all of the replies & info, I obviously didn't read down far enough to see the list - and it does indeed include a birth certificate card. I'll print that out & tell her that if she has the time to get a copy of her actual certificate she might want to just in case. But, hey it's on her. At least she will have something in writing that says a birth certificate card is acceptable. Again, thanks for the info.
  2. I hate to be the person in my family who is thought of as the "cruise specialist" but unfortunately I am. I have a cousin who is going on a cruise with us on Thursday and today she told my sister that she doesn't have a birth certificate, she has a birth certificate card. Her and her husband have only been on one other cruise and at that time they used passports (which have since expired). I always thought that you had to have an official birth certificate and didn't think a bc card would work, but don't want to give incorrect information. I tried checking on CCL FAQ's but it doesn't specify what is acceptable as proper documents (or at least I didn't see it). She can go to the county seat to get an official b.c. if that's required, but she was told by "someone" at CCL that a b.c. card is sufficient. I just don't want to see them turned away at the pier - this is a family cruise with 13 members sailing.
  3. I reached my 25th cruise this past September. I didn't know anything about the Milestone but luckily was reading a post where it was mentioned. I checked and realized that the upcoming cruise would be my 25th. Unfortunately, it was less than 30 days before cruising (it was only 20 days), but I called the Milestone Desk and the young lady was very helpful. She advised that she would put the request in and she thought it would be okay. Long story short - I did get the OBC for that cruise. So you don't necessarily have to give them a 30 day notice. BTW, my PVP did not give me a heads up, and had I not seen it mentioned in a post, I'm not sure if I would have ever received any notification.
  4. You will be asked whether you want 2 twins or a king when you complete your online check-in.
  5. We used it earlier this year on the Paradise, which is one of CCL's older ships. It worked very well for the most part. There was only one time that I didn't receive a text from my daughter. There were 7 of us texting back and forth and that was the only time I had an issue. Definitely worth the $5 - also, even if you don't use the chat feature, you can see what's going on and schedule what you want to do and it will alarm you, check your S&S account, etc.
  6. This is why I no longer eat with strangers. I know courtesy has lost it's appeal lately, but is it seriously that big of a deal to advise the waiter that you won't be there (if you know in advance) rather than making them take orders 2 or 3 times at the same table because people either come in late or don't come at all, and like you, don't think a heads up is a decent thing to do. It wouldn't be so bad if people didn't come meandering in 15 - 20 minutes after their scheduled dining time. I personally wish they would close the doors 10 minutes after the dining time and not let people in. I know how hard the waiters work and, for me, a little courtesy goes a long way.
  7. I love the Legend and am also happy she's back in Tampa. I was looking to book a cruise for Sept. 2020, but it looks like she's "gone" from May until November. Anyone know where she will be during those months? I tried doing a search but didn't come up with anything.
  8. I've been on several Premier cruises, the most recent was on the Breeze in September. I have to say that on that cruise there were very few special games or drawings. The drawings were actually pretty lousy - most for $200 or less in funplay. Normally there are numerous drawings and they are normally for $500 or more. In the past, there seemed to be a lot more games - this time, not so much. I would think that you would be offered funplay in some amount. I agree with meatloafsfan - unless the funplay is close to or more than the difference in the cost, I would definitely not switch over. Also, since you haven't been on a Premier, things you will encounter - long, long waits for drinks as the vast majority of the people in the casino have DOU and the waiters are super busy. As you probably realize the casino will be more crowded than it is on normal cruises, but it is also more "lively". Either way, have a great cruise & I hope you win big!!
  9. Another vote for the Legend. Haven't been on the Horizon, but I loved the Legend.
  10. I also vote for the 4 day (although Liberty is one of the few CCL ships I haven't been on and would like to). I've taken many 4 day cruises on the Paradise out of Tampa from Thursday through Monday - matter of fact I will be on one next month with a large group of family and in January I'm doing a solo. I have never felt it was a party cruise. I don't go to the club because I'm just a little too old for that scene, so I can't say whether that is more of a "party" on 4 day cruise. I still love the 7 day cruises, but I'd take a 4 day without a second thought.
  11. I too purchase Cruise Cash for most of my cruises. I too have never had a problem using it all (you can only purchase $500 per cabin). I just find it more convenient than buying gift cards and then having to go to GS to have them placed on my account.
  12. There is no charge for lunch on any day. I always go at least a couple of times a week to get nice, hot pasta without having to stand in line at the buffet or spend so much time in the MDR for lunch or brunch.
  13. I just sailed on the Breeze on Sept 14th and I didn't receive a boarding zone when checking in online. I'm platinum and chose the earliest check in time 12:00 - 12:30, but nothing about a particular boarding zone. Is getting a zone in advance a new thing at all ports? BTW, there were so many Platinum passengers that we had to board in two different groups.
  14. Their is a "cut-off" age - I believe it was anyone under 13 maybe (someone will know for sure). We were on a cruise with another family - I do know that the 11 year old's parents had to go to Guest Services to give permission for her to send or receive chats.
  15. No, it's a total of 15 drinks regardless of whether you use DOU or CHEERS. The one good thing about having CHEERS is that you can go up to the casino bar and order instead of waiting for a drink from waiters that are taking 10 or more orders at a time.
  16. Thanks for the info. We will be on the Paradise, so I'm thinking it won't be enhanced. I'll just try to make sure I'm nowhere near them at game time. I will suggest that they try a call to CCL again and see if they get the same answer.
  17. Speaking of wifi on the ships, I have never purchased any of the packages, but will be traveling with a large group in November and one couple asked if they could live stream a football game using the ship's wifi. I hear people complaining about the reception, so I can't imagine being able to live stream. I suggested they call CCL for answer and they were told that it shouldn't be a problem. This is a new cruiser, and I don't want them to be disappointed (actually, I don't want to listen to them complain for days). Has anyone live streamed anything onboard?
  18. I've had cabins under the Lido on several ships - I just got off the Breeze this past week-end and was in a balcony under the Lido. Normally, I make sure the cabin is under the seating area in the Lido restaurant and have never had an issue with noise. On one cruise I was under the Lido pool area and there were a couple of times that I heard deck chairs being pushed around in the morning, but nothing very bad. If I can't actually get a cabin on the Lido deck itself, I like to be on this floor for easy access to food and drinks.
  19. Just got off the Breeze this morning. Interestingly enough, we were in Bermuda this past Monday & Tuesday - Hurricane Humberto hit Bermuda right after we left. From what I understand, we were the last ship allowed in before it hit. I've cruised in September 5 or 6 times and never had the rough seas we experienced on this cruise. There was only one night of the cruise that wasn't crazy rough. I still had a great time, but I did feel for those passengers who were prone to sea sickness and for those with children who were looking forward to the slides - they were closed down for most of the cruise. The only other way the storm impacted us was that rather than arriving in Grand Turk at 9:00, we didn't arrive until almost 1:00 after leaving Bermuda as the Captain had to go around the storm. Unbelievable that this trip will be dealing with the same thing.
  20. Leaving for Pt. Canaveral in about an hour - so happy to see that the weather forecast has improved since last night. At least we shouldn't get wet getting onboard. Bermuda forecast for Monday & Tuesday doesn't look great - but hey, we'll have a great time either way!!
  21. You and me both. Looks like we may need it in Bermuda too.
  22. Thanks for all the info. I'm just keeping an eye on it. We only live an hour and a half from the port, so as of now we plan to leave by 8:00 a.m. and get there when we do. Hopefully there won't be any major changes in departure time. At least we'll be heading away from it (I hope), so though it looks like thunderstorms are forecast for Bermuda when we get there, I plan to have a good time. I live in Florida - a little rain and wind doesn't scare me, and I know that sailing in Sept. is always a risk. Thank goodness we have a balcony this cruise - if the forecast doesn't change, we will be looking at rain for most of the cruise, so I'm thinking hanging out on Lido might be challenging.
  23. Has anyone heard that there will be issues with sailing out of Port Canaveral on Saturday? We are suppose to be on the Breeze to start our 7 day Bermuda cruise, and it looks like they expect the tropical storm to hit east central Florida at around 2:00 Saturday. I haven't received an email yet but was wondering if they may decide to sail out earlier than 4:00. Anyone have any idea??
  24. I will be on the Breeze in 4 more days - can't wait. I've been on her 4 times but not in the last few years. I absolutely love the Breeze - my favorite of the 12 CCL ships I've been on & I admit I was a little concerned about the recent reviews. I am so happy that you're experience was more in line with my time on her. I'm a pretty easy going kind of cruiser so I expect to have a great time. Will be going to Bermuda and Grand Turk - excited about Bermuda - haven't been there in over 30 years. I was there 3 times when I worked on the Mardi Gras as a "gift shop girl." Don't expect I'll have the same experience now (lol). Thanks for the reassuring review.
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